©Mojo’s Monday Musings🤔🤔🤔 September 2021
Time to Declutter
A while back, I made a meal that I couldn’t eat up all at once. What was left over was too insignificant to be stored away in the refrigerator or so I told myself, although I was already belly full. I bet if you are one of those who cannot stand wastage like me, you would do what I did. Well, I turned my stomach into a waste basket since I was unwilling to store or throw away the leftover. Does this sound familiar?
Guess what? Neither your stomach nor your life as a whole is a waste bin, so you have no business storing garbage in it; even the waste bin, the real home of dirt gets to be emptied on a consistent basis. Can you imagine leaving your trash in the house for about a week without emptying it? Can you deal with the resultant stench and bacteria that will take over your environment?
Why then do we go through life with garbage and clutter in almost all areas of life? “Decluttering goes far beyond improving the aesthetics of your home or work space. It’s essential to both your physical and mental wellbeing”.Mental, physical or spiritual clutter does no good to anyone, instead it causes harm.
Let’s go back to the experience I shared previously, what will happen if I continuously eat food that my body does not need under any guise? The answer is quite simple, it’s as good as signing up for a weight gain program (when others are signing up for weight loss) or going to the fattening room.
The same thing is applicable to almost every area of life. For instance, when you allow poisonous people/relationships, however strong you may be, on the long run, their toxicity will rub off on you. My Life application Manual (LAM) says “Bad company ruins good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Similarly, Proverbs 22: 24 – 25 (MSG) says “Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hothead. Bad temper is contagious—don’t get infected”. If the people in your life don’t make you better, they will make you bitter. I’m not suggesting that everyone around you has to be perfect but if you do a honest and objective assessment of the people in your life, you will know who to let go or let stay.
For some people, what they need is an emotional decluttering; this is the process of letting go of toxic influences, negative experiences and mindset, as well as self-destructive thoughts to bring emotional well-being.
Its true that you cannot stop negative thoughts or emotions from flashing through your mind or interrupting your thoughts but you must not allow them to fester. Counter them with this verse from my LAM – Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8 MSG).
I cannot end this without talking about spiritual decluttering. “Spiritual clutter includes the thoughts and worries that waste our time and energy”. Remember the story of Martha and Mary with Jesus in Luke Chapter 10? Martha’s mentality was so cluttered with the details of being a hostess that she missed the spiritual gift of her guest’s presence. Like Mary, we too should focus on the spiritual gifts before us and not allow clutter to obstruct our spiritual view.
Ephesians 4:31-32 tells us, “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
Decluttering, be it physical, emotional or spiritual, is a life-long endeavor and should not be rushed into, however, there must be a level of consistency and intentionality in the the process.
As we step into this week, step back and reassess areas of your life that need to be decluttered and let go of all the things that hold you down and hinder you. Decluttering helps you de-stress, gain a sense of control, and improve your state of mind in numerous ways.
When you declutter and let go of people, thoughts and things which no longer serves you, it takes a load of distractions off your mind.
Feel free to share, like and comment as we muse and learn together. Cheers to a cluster-free life🍾🍾🍾.